With athleisure wear becoming more popular and my constant desire to be both fashionable and comfortable, I figured some joggers needed to be next on my Make List. Edgy and stylish, the Banksia Pant features a rib knit waistband and ankle cuffs, moto-style knee panels, and zipper pockets. The best part? It’s a unisex cut, so you can make a pair for everyone on your holiday list this season.
Fabrics & materials used:
- 1 yard Heather Charcoal Bamboo and Cotton Stretch Knit Fleece
- 1 Black Striped Acrylic 6.5″x64″ Rib Knit Trim
- Dritz Grommet Plier Kit
- Antique Brass Grommets
- 2 Black Metal Zippers with Gold Pull and Teeth – 6″
- 2 yards Black Drawcord
- MDF006 – The Banksia Pant Sewing Pattern ( Free download below!)
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If you’ve ever made sweatpants before, you know they typically go together fairly easily. Sew the to front panels at the rise, the two back panels at the rise, and sew the front and back together at the inner and out seams. These pant though, have a few steps in between. Luckily, they’re not too difficult!
To start, you may notice that you don’t just have 4 pant panels. Sew your front and back knee panels between the upper and lower front and back leg panels respectively. Ultimately, this should create the 4 pant panels you’d typically start with. You can choose to cut your knee panels from a totally different fabric, but I chose to use the same bamboo fleece of the rest of the pant, just flipped with the wrong side facing outward.
Next, you want to add some pockets. The back part of the pocket with align with the top of the back of your pants. You’ll notice that the front of the pocket has a small rectangular section cut from it. This will align with the same shape on the front panel of your joggers. I recommend stay-stitching each pocket panel into place, wrong sides together.
Once your pocket panels are secured, you can sew the front and back of your pants together at the side seams. Be sure to leave the rectangular section toward the top of your pants completely open.
Place each of your zippers at the openings, folding the raw edges of the fleece inward. Stitch the zippers into place.
Pull the front and back of your pockets together, matching up right sides, and stitch around the curve. The zipper should then be inside your pocket, like you see below from the wrong side of the pants.
Pin the top of your pocket toward the front of your pants so they’ll be sewn into the waistband when you get to the step down the road.
Next, cut your waistband to desired length and use the Dritz plier kit to punch two hole in the center front.
Use the grommet attachment to insert two grommets, which will later be used for a drawstring.
Place the right sides of your waistband and pants together, stitch into place while evenly gathering the fleece where necessary. I chose to first sew one layer of the waistband, like below, before folding it in half and sewing down both layers to form a tube for the drawstring.
Feed a drawstring through the waistband and knot the ends of the string to avoid fraying.
Lastly, attach the cuffs to the bottoms of your pants similarly to how you attached your waistband. The pant panel will need to be gathered evenly into the cuff.Ta-da! Easy joggers, with a bit of edge. What color will you be making yours?